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Diamondbacks, Randall Delgado avoid arbitration

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The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club and pitcher Randall Delgado avoided arbitration. The value of the one-year contract is not yet known, but MLB Trade Rumors projected Delgado to take home $2.5 million.

Delgado, 27, posted a 3.59 ERA with a 60/14 K/BB ratio in 62 2/3 innings last season, spanning five starts and 21 relief appearances.

Delgado was eligible for arbitration for the third and final time, meaning he can become a free agent upon completion of the 2018 season.

Manny Machado, batting second, playing shortstop in his Dodgers debut

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The biggest news of the All-Star break — even bigger than the All-Star Game itself — was the trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers. We talked about it for days, but now the talking is done: Machado is playing shortstop and is batting second in his Dodgers debut this evening against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

Machado is expected to play a little third base for the Dodgers, too, but with Justin Turner still out with a bum hop, Machado will play his preferred position. It’s not the one he plays as well, but that’s another topic altogether and is, eventually, going to be Dave Roberts’ problem.

Machado is hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 homers and 65 RBI on the year. Those numbers all get set back to zero now that he’s in the National League, however. Tonight he begins compiling new numbers.